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William Van Fowler Deventer ’28

Published in May 6, 1992, issue

BILLVAN DEVENTER died Nov. 6, 1991, after a long illness, at his home in Tubac, Ariz. He retired in 1969, and, after living in Far Hills and Bedminster, N.J., and commuting to New York throughout his career, in recent years he divided his time between Tubac and Biddeford Pool, Me.

Bill (he was also known in college as Van) prepared at Hotchkiss. At Princeton he majored in economics and was a member of Tower Club. After graduation from Princeton, he studied for two years at New York Institute of Finance. He then joined the banking and brokerage business of Laidlaw & Co., on Broad St. in New York; became a partner, in 1937; and continued with this firm throughout his career. He was a governor of the Assn. of Stock Exchange Firms, from 1949 to 1955, was chairman of the finance committee of the local branch of the Boy Scouts, was a member of the Society of Colonial Wars, and was active in the Episcopal Church. He was interested in riding and hunting, and belonged to the Essex Fox Hounds and Somerset Hill Golf Club.

Bill was married to Adelaide Chapman Hance on June 15, 1931. There are two daughters, Adelaide and Sandra. Bill's wife died Dec. 31, 1968. Bill late, married Virginia Jones, who survives him, as do seven grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. His brother is Francis H. Van Deventer. The sympathy of the Class is with Virginia and the members of the family.

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